A Forecast for Use of Computers by Geologists in the Coming Decade of the 80s

  • D. F. Merriam
Part of the Computer Applications in the Earth Sciences book series (CAES)


The first two decades of computer applications in geology have resulted in many advances. The decade of the 80’s promises continued rapid development of hardware and software, both areas generally outside the influence of earth scientists. We can expect continued trends in smaller, faster, cheaper, and more accessable computers, especially in the form of micros and minis. Software will be more user oriented and telecommunications will become commonplace. New and improved algorithms for solving geological problems will be developed. Simulation of geological processes and realistic three-dimensional models also will be important in the coming decade. It is possible that a language to express geological concepts and terminology in mathematical terms will be formulated.


Petroleum Geologist Geological Problem Coming Decade Joint Writing Geological Profession 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Merriam
    • 1
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityUSA

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